Hamilton teen with vision loss wins bronze medal at national judo competition

A Hamilton teenager proved judo is for everyone after winning bronze in a national competition despite suffering vision loss.

Daniel Fiddes began the Japanese martial art at the Hamilton Judo Club when he was just seven years old.

The 13-year-old suffers from nystagmus, which is vision loss that causes repetitive, involuntary eye movements. However, he continued to excel in the sport, recently taking third place at the VI British Schools Championships.

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Daniel now wants to encourage others to try judo.

He said: “We had a session at school where the judo club officials came and did a demonstration, and I really enjoyed it, so I started taking lessons.

“I really enjoyed learning all the different moves and how to do them. It seems really natural to me. It’s now my favorite sport!